Legendary Polish TV journalist dies at 93

The funeral of Irena Dziedzic, a popular TV journalist from the times of communist Poland will take place on Monday, January 14 in Laski near Warsaw.

Irena Dziedzic died on November 5, 2018 at the age of 93. The media were not informed about her death until now. The sad news was announced on Saturday on the website of the quarterly "Więź".

In 1956 Ms Dziedzic created, and became a host of, the first talk show in Poland, named “Tele-Echo.” The programme was aired on public TV for 25 years. The idea for the show came from the, then popular, daily programme "Tele-Paris" on French television.

Initially, the program was broadcast from a cafe, where invited guests talked to the journalist enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Over 12,000 people took part in 806 episodes. Among them were the most prominent representatives of the world of culture, well-known journalists, athletes, but also many "ordinary people", such as couples celebrating their 50th marriage anniversary.

From 1965 to 1968 she was also one of three hosts of the “Dziennik” (main news on public TV) programme. Over 1977-1981 she was the creator and manager of the cultural editorial office in “Dziennik”.

Ms Dziedzic also appeared in several films (most often playing herself), including "Jutro Premiera" (1962) and "Polowanie na muchy" (1969), as well as in the popular TV series "Wojna Domowa" (1965).